From the editors of American Nurseryman • February 7, 2013
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Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's e-newsletter published on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For even more, be sure to read our January issue.

Immigration reformImmigration reform front and center
The Big Dogs in Washington are once again discussing immigration reform, and ANLA’s crack legislative team is all over it. Craig Regelbrugge, the association’s vice president of government relations, says that there are collaboration opportunities with an informal coalition he calls “Bibles, badges and business,” bringing together the religious right, law enforcement and business concerns. According to Craig, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has released its “principles,” which includes elements of border security, employment eligibility verification, legal immigration, earned legalization and future worker programs. For those in the agricultural realm, the principles include unique treatment for agricultural workers both in terms of earned legalization and a new future program. Read more>

loss of tree cover can negatively affect human healthTrees affect human health
Grab those blood pressure pills: Research has determined that the loss of tree cover can negatively affect human health. Geoffrey Donoval, a research forester at the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, studied what happens when emerald ash borer devastates the canopy. Not what happens to the trees: what happens to the folks who miss those trees. In an analysis of 18 years of data from 1,296 counties in 15 states, he and his team found that Americans living in areas infested by EAB suffered from an additional 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,000 more deaths from lower respiratory disease when compared to uninfected areas. Yikes. Maybe landscape installations should be covered by health insurance. (Photo courtesy of Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service; Read more>

Ohio Invasives CouncilOhio Invasives Council releases protocol
A first-time science-based effort is underway to identify invasive plants from other regions and reduce their impact on natural areas in Ohio, according to the Ohio Invasive Plants Council (OIPC). Common reed grass, garlic mustard, bush honeysuckle and other plants dominate thousands of acres in Ohio’s forests, grasslands and wetlands. These invaders crowd out native plants and reduce biodiversity. Utilizing a 22-question assessment protocol developed in 2012 by the OIPC and other stakeholder groups, a five-person assessment team of researchers and botanists will evaluate potential invasive plants and establish a new list of primary offenders. Concurrently, the assessment team will provide a list of alternative plants suitable for recommendation to nurseries, garden retailers and homeowners. Read more>

Tunnel TechTillsonburg Tube acquires Tunnel Tech
Tillsonburg Tube announces the acquisition of Tunnel Tech, the Ontario based manufacturer of three season Multi Bay high tunnels. The popular agricultural phenomenon has quickly become the tunnel of choice for revenue minded growers and has shown to be effective in extending season production, producing higher grades, higher yields and prevention against weather losses. Read more>

Industry Event News

reformOFA handles registration for Spring Trials
OFA has launched the official central reservation website for the 2013 California Spring Trials, scheduled this year for April 6 to 11. More than 30 companies will be exhibiting at 19 locations. Attendees can arrange appointments through the website to create personalized itineraries which can be printed or viewed via a mobile site. There is no fee for attendees to use the service. The website was developed by OFA and Clarity Connect, a leading provider of technology and marketing solutions. The site’s live, and you can register at Read more>

Perennial Plant Conference — A Conference for the Landscape and Horticultural ProfessionalPerennial Plants at UCONN
“Perennial Plant Conference — A Conference for the Landscape and Horticultural Professional” is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at the Lewis B. Rome Commons on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. Featuring a fabulous cast of expert speakers, the all-day conference will address a wide range of topics focusing on herbaceous perennial production, sustainable landscape design, and retail marketing. Topics were selected to appeal to professional landscapers and designers, nursery and greenhouse producers, and retail garden centers. Your registration includes lunch, plus morning and afternoon snacks, too! Read more>

SNA 2013SNA announces new regional marketplace
Plan to be in Atlanta this August when SNA 2013 combines the SNA Research Conference, the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA State Officer’s Conference, the Annual SNA Business Meeting, and a new regional marketplace to deliver one unparalleled event, all under one roof. The new event specifically addresses the needs of the industry by creating a regional marketplace in the Southeast and will feature the best plants and related garden products. The product mix will include ornamental trees and shrubs, color, related landscape and outdoor living products, garden gifts and accessories, seasonal products and more. Read more>

NJ PlantsNew Jersey show growing
Under relatively new management, NJ Plants has seen a 35 percent increase in attendance and a 20 to 25 percent expansion of the exhibitor base in each of the past three years. Good feedback from participants and strong advance publicity have helped NJ PLANTS gain momentum. Rob Woods of Garden State Bobcat said, “The sheer quantity of people was impressive for a two-day event and those who walked through the booths were legitimate prospects.” Read more>

Mid-America Horticultural Trade ShowMid-Am ends 35-year run
The times, they are indeed a’changin’. Decreasing attendance and increasing costs have forced many organizations to rethink their events, and Chicago’s Mid-Am (the Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show) is a prime example. After 35 years of exhibits and education for folks in the Upper Midwest, the show has closed its doors. Exhibitors at this year’s event received a letter from show management informing them of the change, but the organizing partners—the Illinois Green Industry Association, the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association and the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation—have hinted that they’ll continue educational programs in some form. One example is ILCA’s “iLandscape: The Illinois Landscape Show” that will debut in 2014. Stay tuned for more on these events as information becomes available. Read more here, here and here.

People News

Jonathan PedersenPedersen joins Van Belle Nursery
Jonathan Pedersen has joined Van Belle Nursery, Abbotsford, B.C., as executive director of the company’s new brand, “Bloomin’ Easy™”. Pedersen previously served as director of marketing and business development for Bailey Nurseries. Read more>

Mark BuchholzNanci AllenPam YoungsmanSkagit staff changes
Skagit Gardens has announced the following staff changes: Mark Buchholz has assumed the position of President; Nanci Allen will be Finished Sales Manager; and Pam Youngsman is the company’s Liner Sales Manager. Read more>

Michael J. TrebingTrebing joins T&R
T&R Company and The Pinery have announced the appointment of Michael J. Trebing as director of sales to oversee and grow sales for both entities. Trebing previously worked with Hines Horticulture and Monrovia Growers. Read more here and here.

Hot Products

Bob-Tach® rebar benderRebar bender
Ever feel the need to bend rebar? Sure you do. Bobcat’s got just the thing: Mounted on the left Bob-Tach® mount, the rebar bender comes with five mandrels that provide the ability to bend rebar into a variety of angles and repeat bends for added efficiency and consistency. It offers the ability to bring the equipment right on the jobsite when conditions are soft, rough or muddy. Rebar up to a #6 grade can be bent up to 200 degrees, and the remote attachment control (RAC) allows for easy, safe operation of the rebar bender from outside the cab, and allows operators to start and stop their idled loader or Toolcat™ utility work machine from outside the cab. Read more>

Case 521F Wheel loaderWheel loader
If you’ve got a big job to do, Case has a wheel loader for you. The company’s new 521F is available in standard Z-bar, extended reach and tool-carrier models and offers a 12 percent increase efficiency over the previous E Series model. On a 50-meter loading and dumping cycle, Case estimates the 521F wheel loader can make up to 56 cycles per hour, moving up to 144 yd3 (110 m3) or 212 tons of material per hour. The 521F wheel loader has new options such as joystick steering, a rear view camera and heated side mirrors that allow for precise control and visibility in tough conditions such as snow plowing and truck loading. Case’s floor-to-ceiling windows and improved lighting system continue to provide excellent visibility, from the cutting edge of a bucket to the tip of a fork. Read more>

Buyers Products Co. LED lightsLED lights
It’s dark out there. So Buyers Products Co. has expanded its lighting products line to include a full line of LED light options for strobes, utility and work lights as well as truck and trailer lights required by the DOT. Just so you’re safe—and in compliance—DOT LED light options include truck and trailer marker, stop, tail and back-up lights as well as turn-signal lights. Read more>

DuroKon’s new Q64 7-inch secateursPruners
DuroKon’s new Q64 7-inch secateurs are pruning shears designed for intensive commercial use, and are ideal for landscapers, arborists and arboriculturists. Ergonomically shaped, hardened steel handles for superior strength while still remaining light and well balanced in the hand. Features 7-inch overall length, strong steel handles and high carbon SK-5 Japanese steel blade. The reduced size of this professional pruner fits smaller hands and a smaller budget. Read more>

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides ‘Crystal Ball’Crystal Ball pennywort
Introduced in honor of noted plantsman Greg Speichert, ‘Crystal Ball’ variegated buttercup pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides ‘Crystal Ball’) is the newest ornamental of native origin from Aquascapes Unlimited Inc. It’s excellent for lighting up dark corners of the water garden and for softening the edges when interplanted with taller aquatics. ‘Crystal Ball’ works best as a biological filter in a watercourse to remove suspended particulate matter—and it looks good, too. Read more>

Sedum spurium ‘Red Rock’Sedum ‘Rolling Rock’Sedums
Sedum spurium ‘Red Rock’ and Sedum x ‘Rolling Rock’ are vigorous new introductions from Intrinsic Perennial Gardens Inc. The foliage of ‘Red Rock’ emerges red in spring; in July, the plants bloom deep pink to red. Short and clumping, plants reach about 6 inches in height and spread to 12 inches or more. It’s hardy in zones 3 to 9. The evergreen ‘Rolling Rock’ begins to bud in early spring, blooming a creamy white in April. Growing 6 inches tall by 10 inches wide, it’s hardy in zones 5 to 9. Read more>

Finally: Snow!

Finally, snow

Upcoming event
What: Nebraska Great Plains Conference
When: February 18 and 19
Where: Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln
Sponsors: Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association and Nebraska Arborists Association
For more>

Powerhouse PlantsBuy this book!
Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. They want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seasons. What they want is powerhouse plants — plants with colorful spring flowers and summer fruits, or summer fruits and fall foliage, or summer flowers, fall foliage and winter stems … or any combination of two or more of these desirable features. Like flowering dogwood that boasts summer flowers and fall fruit and foliage. Or honeysuckle that has fragrant spring flowers, summer and fall foliage, and fall fruit. Powerhouse Plants by Graham Rice features multiseasonal perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs, and trees. Profiles include basic plant information, including size, hardiness, and preferred growing conditions. Read more>

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